The MDA 5-Star Club is for divers seeking adventure! It includes discounts at all MDA locations, preferred rates on rentals and air fills, special club rates on diving and discounts at our sponsor businesses all over Guam.
Our closest neighbor to the north, Rota is a beautiful, quiet island with a population of about 2,500 of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Be prepared to return a wave and say hello to every person that you see. The quick, inexpensive flight from Guam makes this is an incredible place to just get away for the weekend and unwind. Zero crowd, all relaxation. Top it all off with great diving in crystal-clear water and you’ve got an incredible weekend that you afford to repeat.
Rota is famous locally for it’s delicious sweet potatoes. You’ll likely see sacks of them loaded on/off of the plane with your luggage. Give them a try if you have the chance.
HOW TO GET THERE
UPDATE: As of May 31, 2018 United Airlines has discontinued their service to Rota.
Arctic Circle – Daily flights (except Wed). Times vary.
Star Marianas Air – Charter flights for groups of 7-8 people.
United Airlines + Star Marianas Air – Take United Airlines daily morning flight to Saipan. From there, connect to one of Star Marianas Air’s daily flights between Saipan and Rota.
Diving – Prepare to be shocked by the water clarity in Rota. No river runoff and the minimal impact of the small population make for incredible diving. Visibility like this is far from common and you’ll find the area’s marine life to be bigger, healthier and more plentiful. The low tourist traffic also means you’re likely to have the dive boat all to yourself.
History – Rota is covered in WW2 artifacts and caves. A short walk to the edge of Songsong village will bring you to a small park where you’ll find Tonga Cave – a large natural cavern surrounded by a network of dug-out tunnels and gunner posts. Warning! These tunnels contain pitfalls and there is no one attending the park so if you choose to venture inside please be safe – bring redundant light sources and never go alone!
Other sites to visit on Rota include Wedding Cake Rock, Sagua’gaga Seabird Sanctuary, the Swimming Hole, and if you’ve ever wondered how latte stones were carved – the As Nieves Latte Stone Quarry, where you can see giant latte stone pillars and capstones partially carved from the limestone.
When To Travel – Year-round. Weather seasonality is just like Guam’s and current ocean conditions will be very similar.
Permits & Fees
Please be aware of required local permits and airport departure fees.
These must be paid in cash at your destination and are not included in travel packages.
Permits are purchased through the tour operator at your destination. Departure fees are paid at the airport upon departure.
Dive & Land permits
There are currently no permits required to dive in Rota.
There are currently no permits required for land tours in Rota.
There are no departure fee’s required in Rota.